Monica Fellowes

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Smashwords book reviews by Monica Fellowes

  • Peaches and the Gambler on May 07, 2013

    Where to start with this one? I can't quite classify it as it doesn't really fit. It's not a romance, the romances all fail. It's not a murder mystery as that doesn't get started until 24% (Chapter 10) into the book; therefore, it's really just incidental to the book. It's not entirely a family drama as there is NO resolution, growth, etc. I guess if I had to it's about sex. It starts with a "shock" type beginning using sex. Prostitutes, strippers, teenage sex, who's sleeping with who, who's not sleeping with who, who wants to sleep with who, who uses sex as a weapon, etc, that goes through the book over and over and over. However, there isn't any actual love or romance. Women repeatedly shake their tits and ass to get what they want from men and use men against other men, again, using sex. Even with the murder investigation (with or without the police) we cannot escape mentions of who wants to sleep with who or who isn't sleeping with who, etc. Some minor grammatical and spelling errors are present, but these are fairly incidental. Negatives aside, the author has a good writing style and the characters are realistic.
  • Wolf Sirens Forbidden: Discover the Legend (Wolf Sirens #1) on June 23, 2013

    In Forbidden, Lila and her mother move to Shade due to her mother's divorce. As Lila joins the in process school year and tries to make friends and adapt she discovers, things are not as they seem on the surface. Lila discovers who she was meant to be and who her fellow students are throughout the tale. The book starts with the legend of the town, which I found greatly enjoyable and feel adds to the authenticity of the story line. The characters and story are well written and engaging. At times, I did want to slap some sense into the characters but looking back at myself at that age, I want to slap some sense into myself. While, I am still not sure how I feel about the ending, it is passionately and well written. Overall, definitely a enjoyable tale.
  • Wolf Sirens Fever: Many are Born, Few are Reborn (Wolf Sirens #2) on June 27, 2013

    Fever, starts where Forbidden ended. While there is forward movement to the overarching storyline, there is significant back story for many of the characters involved. While the background is interesting and well told, a couple times it was a little difficult to remember who was the focus for the chapter and what was going on in the current or present portion of the story. Negatives aside and without having read the third book, this feels like a good bridge/background story between the initial/introduction book and the finale.
  • Wolf Sirens Night Fall: What Rises Must Fall (Wolf Sirens #3) on July 02, 2013

    Night Fall details the preparations for and the battle between the Cult and non-Cult members. As with the previous two books in the series, there is some local mythology or legend at the beginning of the book. This book was formatted differently than the others which was a bit confusing. The most confusing part being instead of ending during a chapter, it ends with an epilogue. As with all books/tales involving life stories, it is not truly ended, I still have questions, but perhaps I am reading too much into the format. The story line and characters are detailed and well written. The quick moving and engaging plot grabs the reader early. Definitely an entertaining tale.
  • Cause of Death on Aug. 05, 2013

    In Cause of Death, Detectives Avant and Weston are out to find a serial killer who tortures victims with black widow spiders prior to their deaths. There are also a few side stories which add to character and plot development as well as hinting at potential upcoming romances in future volumes. Aside from a few typos and spacing issues, which could be due to the fact I was reading an ARC, the text and story line flows very well with exhilarating action. There were a couple of details that seemed to switch or get confused at one point, but as they were minor details they weren't distracting to the story line. The characters were very authentic and true to life. The villain was not one dimensional which I greatly appreciated. The details for the investigations, scenery, and story in general were vivid and imaginable. Overall, an enjoyable read!
  • Wolf Sirens Night Fall: What Rises Must Fall (Wolf Sirens #3) on Aug. 05, 2013

    Night Fall details the preparations for and the battle between the Cult and non-Cult members. As with the previous two books in the series, there is some local mythology or legend at the beginning of the book. This book was formatted differently than the others which was a bit confusing. The most confusing part being instead of ending during a chapter, it ends with an epilogue. As with all books/tales involving life stories, it is not truly ended, I still have questions, but perhaps I am reading too much into the format. The story line and characters are detailed and well written. The quick moving and engaging plot grabs the reader early. Definitely an entertaining tale.
  • Wolf Sirens Forbidden: Discover the Legend (Wolf Sirens #1) on Aug. 05, 2013

    In Forbidden, Lila and her mother move to Shade due to her mother's divorce. As Lila joins the in process school year and tries to make friends and adapt she discovers, things are not as they seem on the surface. Lila discovers who she was meant to be and who her fellow students are throughout the tale. The book starts with the legend of the town, which I found greatly enjoyable and feel adds to the authenticity of the story line. The characters and story are well written and engaging. At times, I did want to slap some sense into the characters but looking back at myself at that age, I want to slap some sense into myself. While, I am still not sure how I feel about the ending, it is passionately and well written. Overall, definitely a enjoyable tale.
  • Wolf Sirens Fever: Many are Born, Few are Reborn (Wolf Sirens #2) on Aug. 05, 2013

    Fever, starts where Forbidden ended. While there is forward movement to the overarching storyline, there is significant back story for many of the characters involved. While the background is interesting and well told, a couple times it was a little difficult to remember who was the focus for the chapter and what was going on in the current or present portion of the story. Negatives aside and without having read the third book, this feels like a good bridge/background story between the initial/introduction book and the finale.
  • Dead Quarantine on Aug. 31, 2013

    There are two main characters in this tale, Ralph and Sarah. Both attend the same high school yet are in different social groups. On the day of the big history test, strange events are afoot, one of which is a serious, mysterious flu that is effecting a huge number of people worldwide. Neither Ralph nor Sarah are effected. This flu turns out to be something more serious as a huge number of people die and become zombies. Aside from a few typos and grammatical errors, the narrative is crisp, descriptive, and flows extremely well. Conversations and interactions between characters are realistic and add depth. Unlike other zombie media, it is intriguing how this story focuses primarily on teenagers. The characters are authentic and interesting. Throughout the adventures and trials of the tale, both characters grow, adding to the depth of the story. Overall, an enjoyable read.
  • The Scarab Heart on Sep. 15, 2013

    Theft and murder are afoot at an archaeological dig in 1885 Egypt. Lizzie Blaylock, world renowned ghost channeler, and her mentor, Miss Otis, thought they were simply there to vacation, especially since Lizzie wants nothing more to do with her powers. Her powers have other things in mind. The story is full of rich and varied scenes and characters. Action and plot line flow smoothly. Authentic interactions between characters occur frequently helping to add to the suspense and budding romances. Time and dream/reality shifts smoothly transition in the text causing little to no confusion. Overall, a fun read!
  • Damage Control on Oct. 15, 2013

    This is the second multiple murder investigation/mystery staring Detective Annie Avants and her partner Tom Weston. The legal profession, specifically at one firm, is under attack by a killer. While this can be read as a stand alone novel, I would not recommend it. To get the full enjoyment, as well as understanding of the characters and references to previous events, reading the prior novel helps. It also shows a fuller development of the characters and the relationships with each other and their society/reality. The narrative is heavily researched and detailed while not being obtuse, heavy, or boring. Even when told from multiple points of view, it flows seamlessly with the twists and turns the mystery demands. There was only one instance which caused me some pause. Characters are more fully developed in this second installment than in the first, but perhaps that is because of my familiarity with them. New and interesting characters are also introduced. Overall, an exciting read!
  • The Bridge of Dead Things on Jan. 14, 2014

    Eliza Blaylock, Lizzie, is having a rough time. Her dad's been fired; her sister has tuberculosis; she just had some sort of fit at school for which she's getting kicked out and having to start working. When she has another fit, slowly she and those around her begin to realize that she may have special powers to communicate with the dead. While not action packed, it's not exactly that kind of story. There are parts containing a good deal of action, but this is a primarily character driven story. A good deal of background and detail, sometimes subtle detail, go into developing the characters and narrative throughout the tale. Scenery is time appropriate and described with flair. Without giving too much plot away, I will just say this, the underlying mysteries/dilemmas are interwoven nicely. Overall, a fun read.
  • Do Unto Others... on March 31, 2014

    Jack the Ripper finds a time machine and travels to a utopian society in the future. A crisply detailed narrative drives the action of this short story. The characters, primarily Jack, are interesting and develop as the story progresses. Overall, an interesting read.
  • Isolated Howl: A Short Story on March 31, 2014

    Three boys decide to hunt a killer that may be a werewolf. What could go wrong? Filled with humor, action, and a touch of horror, this delightfully detailed short story takes the reader through the narrator's adventure. The characters are authentic for their reality, flawed, and funny. Overall, a fun read.